Danny Boyle rushes to aid Slumdog kids

Danny BoyleBritish filmmaker Danny Boyle has flown to Mumbai on a rescue mission to re-house the two child stars of Slumdog Millionaire. After hearing that the children’s illegal slum homes have been bulldozed by the city authorities, Boyle has promised to do what he can to help find new apartments for the child stars Azhar Ismail, 10, and Rubina Ali, 9, in Mumbai, aside from a trust that has been set up to pay for the education and basic living expenses for them until they’re 18. The amount of the trust has remained confidential for fear of exploitation.

Azhar Ismail will move into his new home in the next week and Rubina Ali’s, 9, flat is said to be ready for her within 10 days. Boyle said: “When we saw the news stories that the kids’ homes had been demolished it was of course a huge concern to us. We are here to meet members of the trust… and to accelerate the process of getting them re-housed. The best benefit that this film could ever give these kids is an education, and we are very proud that we have helped with that and that they have passed all their exams.”

Boyle said he hoped that this would be the last time he had to answer questions on the subject and was confident that Azhar and Rubina’s lives would soon be back on track.

But Rubina Ali’s father (who has been accused of trying to sell her) still claims the filmmakers have not given them enough. Ali said: “It’s no big deal for them, this kind of money. It’s been five or six months we’ve been living in such difficulty. They should help us,” he said in an interview after he cut the meeting short in anger.

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  1. Anon • May 28, 2009 @ 1:03 PM

    I think I recall comments here about those involved with the filming went above and beyond for these kids…ie trust fund, housing and brace yourselves…a social worker. This is pathetic and I’m kicking myself in the a$$ for supporting these exploiters by seeing the movie. As much as I doubt that the father has a sincere bone in his body, he is absolutely right!

  2. Ernie • May 28, 2009 @ 3:08 PM

    The father is only looking to exploit his children. He is lazy and does not want to work.

  3. Mary • May 29, 2009 @ 8:18 PM

    I agree with you Ernie, he’s looking out for himself and using the children as ploys . If these people live in the slums to begin with they don’t know any thing else.If he had access to their education funds they would never see the inside of a book let alone a school.

  4. Nancy • May 29, 2009 @ 8:42 PM

    Exactly, and I’m sure these children’s families agreed to these terms before they were in the movie but now that the movie is over and times haven’t changed for the better for the families, they want to pursue more and more and more.

  5. Mitch • May 29, 2009 @ 8:58 PM

    To Rubina Ali’s father:SHUT UP!!!!!!!!!

  6. Carol • May 29, 2009 @ 9:45 PM

    I think it is a bit of both. They made a very successful movie, and the actors most likely didn’t get what a well-known, or even up and coming, American actor would get. But the father is also exploiting. I think it is a case of every man for himself, but the kids are the ones to suffer. In the end, Hollywood is the only winner.

  7. Mitch • June 1, 2009 @ 8:11 PM

    When I read about Rubina Ali’s useless father….I am reminded of Bart Simpson…”Dont have a cow man.!!!”

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